For Immediate Release
September 7, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Baltimore resident Derek Schmitt is one of 21 farmers and agribusiness professionals selected by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) to participate in the 2012-2013 AgriPOWER Institute. Schmitt is a recent graduate of Ohio State University and works at Rod’s Western Palace in Columbus. Schmitt is a member of Fairfield County Farm Bureau and assists on his family farm where he and his brother raise Berkshire show pigs.
OFBF launched AgriPOWER in 2008 as an elite training program designed to help participants become leaders and advocates for agriculture. The yearlong program consists of seven two-to-three-day training sessions that focus on public policy issues confronting agriculture and the food industry.
Topics covered include public policy issues facing local communities, the state of Ohio, the nation and the world. Specific sessions help class members develop important skills necessary to becoming an effective leader and advocate, including spokesperson and media training, etiquette training, social networking, communications and more. One of the institute programs will be held in Washington, D.C. to help class members gain a valuable understanding of national and global issues.
“Ohio Farm Bureau is committed to the success of AgriPOWER and believes that there has never been a more important time for people to stand up for agriculture and tell their stories,” said Sandy Kuhn, AgriPOWER director. “This is really the purpose of AgriPOWER as graduates are trained to become the future leaders and advocates for agriculture.”
In addition to OFBF, AgriPOWER partners include Nationwide Insurance, Ohio Soybean Council, Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, Ohio Pork Producers Council, Ohio Corn Marketing Program, Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program, Ohio Sheep and Wool Program, Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Beef Council, AgriPOWER alumni, AgriPOWER Class IV, Ag Credit ACA and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.
CONTACT: Sandy Kuhn
PHONE: (614) 246-8249
E-MAIL: [email protected]